Grand Designs for Charity’s New ‘Home from Home’

Renowned British designer, Emma Bridgewater, has provided a much needed boost to a Cambridge based charity’s fundraising campaign with the donation of some of her famous home ware.

Emma has donated dinner plates, side plates and mugs to The Sick Children’s Trust’s new ‘Home from Home’ at the Rosie hospital in Cambridge, which is due to open next month. The charity provides free ‘Home from Home’ accommodation to parents of sick children whilst they are being treated in hospital.

Sue Cartwright, house operations manager for The Sick Children’s Trust said:” we are very grateful to Emma’s donation to our new accommodation. The kitchen is the place where a lot of our families come to make home cooked meals away from the hospital and really helps to create a sense of normality like they are back in their home.

“These plates and mugs, with their colourful design, will certainly help brighten up the kitchen area and hopefully make these families’s stay just that little bit easier.

This new accommodation will increase the number of families the charity can support each year to nearly 3,800 and bring their total number of ‘Homes from Home’ to eight. With eight en-suite bedrooms, a communal living area and cooking and laundry facilities, the ‘Home from Home’ at the Rosie hospital will help more than 300 families every year.

Elaine at Emma Bridgewater added: “We are very happy to support such a worthwhile charity. When you have to be away from familiar surroundings we understand the importance of being in an environment that feels like home – and this is just what The Sick Children’s Trust offers.”

About The Sick Children’s Trust

The Sick Children’s Trust is celebrating 30 years of supporting families in need. It was founded in 1982 by two paediatric specialists, Dr Jon Pritchard and Professor James Malpas, who believed that having parents on hand during hospital treatment benefited a child’s recovery.

Today we have seven ‘Homes from Home’ at major hospitals around the country where families can stay free of charge, for as long as they need whilst their child is undergoing treatment. There is a growing demand for our ‘Homes from Home’ as children must increasingly travel long distances to get the specialist treatment they need. In the last 30 years we have supported more than 40,000 families.

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